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[in-kuh-pas-i-tee] /ˌɪn kəˈpæs ɪ ti/
lack of ability, qualification, or strength; incapability.
Law. lack of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.
Origin of incapacity
1605-15; < Late Latin incapācitās. See in-3, capacity Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incapacity
  • In this way, the incapacity of us sinners is fully recognized yet fully compensated.
  • As he surely would have been, if he could: difficult to imagine him ever retiring except through incapacity.
  • Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's own understanding without the guidance of another.
  • In a sense, their pitiable incapacity for self-awareness truly makes the novel.
  • It is true that many criminals and their attorneys try to use insanity or temporary incapacity as a defense.
British Dictionary definitions for incapacity


noun (pl) -ties
lack of power, strength, or capacity; inability
  1. legal disqualification or ineligibility
  2. a circumstance causing this
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Word Origin and History for incapacity

1610s, from French incapacité (16c.), from Medieval Latin incapacitatem (nominative incapacitas), from Late Latin incapax (genitive incapacis) "incapable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Latin capax "capable," literally "able to hold much," from capere "to take" (see capable). Often used 17c. as a legal term referring to inability to take, receive, or deal with in some way.

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